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Wesley Horton and Robert Reardon

Judge Criticizes Attorney’s Ethics in Personal Injury Case

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Prominent New London trial lawyer Robert Reardon has won millions of dollars in personal injury cases. But now, in a harshly worded, 75-page opinion, a longtime jurist is questioning Reardon's credibility, integrity and fitness to practice law.

Well-Known Hartford Lawyer, Law Book Author Passes Away

By Staff Report |

A Hartford lawyer known as a partner in one of the country's oldest law firms and as co-author of two well-respected legal texts has passed away.

Stephen Fitzgerald

Pilot Wins $400,000 After Ex-Employer Badmouthed Him to Another Airline

By Christian Nolan |

The state Appellate Court has upheld a $407,000 damages award to a Connecticut aviator who claimed his former employer maliciously prevented him from getting a job with another airline.

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Norm Pattis: Podcast Confirms a Dismal Truth

By Norm Pattis |

Regulars in the criminal courts develop a certain cynicism. It's a survival instinct, really. We all know the system isn't perfect.

Colt Executives Settle Multimillion-Dollar Employment Suit

By Christian Nolan |

Two former top executives for Colt's Manufacturing Co. have settled their multimillion-dollar wrongful termination claims against their former employer in a case that hinged on the validity of secretly drafted severance agreements.

Lawyer Who Served Prison Time Again Accused of Theft From Client

By Jay Stapleton |

A former New Britain lawyer who spent 15 months in prison for embezzling more than $300,000 from a law firm where she worked is now accused of stealing $155,000 from a former client.

Howard Altschuler, center, with his clients Domenic and Cathy D’Attilos, in front of the New Haven courthouse Feb. 23. They attended a hearing before Judge Matthew Frechette, who is deciding whether a one-sentence provision in their retainer agreement will send their 16-count claim to arbitration, or whether they can proceed in court.

Koskoff, Day Pitney Seek Arbitration in Major Legal Malpractice Case

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Legal malpractice defense lawyers have been working to keep the renowned plaintiffs personal injury firm of Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder from having to defend itself in a public courtroom before a judge or jury.

Big Conn. Firms Name New Partners, Shareholders

By Paul Sussman |

The national firm of Dickstein Shapiro has expanded its corporate and finance practice by hiring Gloria Skigen to be a partner in the firm's Stamford office.

Husband's Will Leaves Wife $5, Setting Off Court Battle

By Christian Nolan |

When Kathleen Dix's husband died, he left her just $5 in the will. That small sum set off a long-running court battle. Most recently, Dix was unable to convince a Superior Court judge that the statute allowing such a small inheritance for a spouse was unconstitutional.

Conn. Product Liability Attorneys Jump to National Firm

By Staff Reports |

Two product liability attorneys who recently won a high-profile case have joined the Connecticut office of Gordon & Rees as partners.

Snowy Weather Has Firms Implementing Work-From-Home Policies

By Jay Stapleton |

Work-disrupting storms have become such frequent events this winter that many Connecticut lawyers have begun planning client meetings around the icy weather.

Cabbie Loses ADA Suit After Refusing Ride to Service Dog

By Jay Stapleton |

As a taxi driver recently learned, being afraid of dogs is not a legally valid excuse for refusing to pick up a disabled person with a service animal.

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Norm Pattis: It's Not Jurors' Job to Hold Defendants Accountable

By Norm Pattis |

Now that we've abolished the death penalty in Connecticut, at least insofar as future cases are concerned, the fate of those currently on death row being much at issue, there is really no cause for jurors ever lawfully to consider the consequences of a guilty verdict.

Brutal Baseball Bat Attack Results in $113,000 Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A man who was assaulted by his girlfriend's stepfather with a baseball bat has been awarded more than $113,000.

Jennifer Celentano

In Same-Sex Split, Judge Creates a New Legal Route to Parenthood

By Thomas B. Scheffey |

Until late last year, Connecticut's case law recognized only four ways of becoming a parent—conception, adoption, artificial insemination and surrogacy contracts.

Stacey Violante Cote, director of the Teen Legal Advocacy Project, and Andre Jackson, coordinator of the project’s new mobile legal office, said the van will allow them to reach more teens with legal problems

Legal Services Van Hits the Streets For Homeless Teens

By Karen Ali |

As an advocate for the many legal issues facing homeless teens, Stacey Violante Cote has had her own share of challenges.

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Mark Dubois: Lawyers, Like Anglers, Must Find New Niche

By Mark Dubois |

As I write this, I am sitting in Provincetown. The sun has just come out after a hellacious 24-hour nor'easter, which dumped more snow here, where two inches is a huge storm, than I have often seen in Vermont, where they measure it in yards instead of inches.

Editorial: Firms Should Continue to Fight Proposed Tax Law Change

Law firms, accounting firms and most other personal service businesses typically use the simple cash method of accounting for tax purposes, pursuant to which income is not recognized until payment for the services rendered is actually received.

Editorial: Conn. Pays Too Much to Incarcerate Drug Offenders

An excellent study of Connecticut's costly prison system released last year by the Malta-Justice Initative shows the staggering costs, waste and futility of mass incarceration of non-violent offenders.

Concerns Grow Over Conn. Jurors With Limited English Skills

By Christian Nolan |

With an increasingly diverse population that includes more people who speak English as their second language, many trial lawyers and judges face a new dilemma when picking a jury.

CBA to Break Barrier, As Biracial Officer Is In Line for Presidency

By Jay Stapleton |

At one point last year, the Connecticut Bar Association was put on the spot for not having enough people of color in leadership roles. One undeniable point of criticism was that the 9,000-member bar organization had never had a nonwhite president.

WILLIAM GODDARD and BENJAMIN NISSIM

Finding the Right Cyberrisk Insurance

By William Goddard and Benjamin Nissim |

Cyberrisk coverage is the concern of the day. The reasons are obvious. Cybersecurity incidents are frequent and enormously costly. A 2014 PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP report reveals three of four businesses responding to its U.S. State of Cybercrime Survey detected a security event in the past 12 months.

Richard Harris

Data Breaches Bring Business to Cybersecurity Practices

By Jay Stapleton |

At this moment, hackers are looking for a chance to steal sensitive and classified information from a computer near you. Maybe even your information.

Editorial: Land-Use Policies Jeopardize Busway Success

The Hartford-to-New Britain 9.4-mile CT fastrak busway is about to commence operation and it is already heading off in the wrong direction.

Big Conn. Firms Name New Partners, Shareholders

By Paul Sussman |

The national firm of Dickstein Shapiro has expanded its corporate and finance practice by hiring Gloria Skigen to be a partner in the firm's Stamford office.

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Mark Dubois: Someday a Robot Might Write Your Briefs

By Mark Dubois |

I read an interesting article the other day concerning a reporter's attempts to determine whether the person who had called him about some sort of a sales offer was a human or a computer.

Chief Justice Opposes Governor's Judiciary Proposal

By Jay Stapleton |

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposed budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 calls for eliminating the Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch, which would move juvenile services to DCF and other functions such as adult probation to the Department of Correction.

Conn. Plaintiff Tries to Buck Trend in Mechanical Bull Lawsuit

By Karen Ali |

The Southington restaurant is called the Cadillac Ranch. But the preferred ride doesn't have four wheels.

Bar Groups Track Right-To-Die Legislation, Other Bills

By Jay Stapleton |

The legislative Judiciary Committee has plenty of high-profile issues before it this session, including proposals addressing juvenile justice, domestic violence prevention and foreclosure mediation.

Fred Ury

Lawyers Propose New, Streamlined Plan for MCLE

By Jay Stapleton |

To get around opposition that has focused on the cost of CLE, the new proposal to the Rules Committee would allow attorneys to satisfy the hours requirement by self-study, or through national providers.

Editorial: Conn. Lawmakers Must Address Drone Proliferation

The Connecticut General Assembly must get out ahead of the problems inherent in the uncontrolled use of drones.

Guest Commentary: Insurers Are Leaving Patients Priced Out

By Wayne Turner, The National Law Journal |

The Affordable Care Act was designed to prevent health insurers from discriminating against people based on health status, but a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine questions how effective those protections really are.

Probate Court Workers Demand Recognition As State Employees

By ASSOCIATED PRESS |

Probate court workers are demanding to be recognized as state employees, hoping to change state law that denies the approximately 300 workers benefits similar to what tens of thousands of others at Connecticut agencies receive.

Dove A.E. Burns

2015 and the Employer Health Care Mandate

By Dove A.E. Burns |

Employers are finding themselves stuck with a holiday gift they can't return: increased responsibility for providing insurance to employees. As of Jan. 1, employers with more than 100 full-time employees are required to provide health insurance to their workforce.

Woman Hit by Car Settles for $100,000

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who was hit by a car while crossing the street in downtown Stamford, has settled her claim against the negligent driver for $100,000 before even having to file a lawsuit.

Injured Woman Awarded $90,000 From Trucker

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who was injured in an accident on Interstate 84 after colliding with a tractor-trailer was recently awarded more than $90,000 by a judge.

Cristina M. Lopez

Pollution Policies May Provide Unexpected Coverage

By Cristina M. Lopez |

Insurers have had no problem arguing that almost anything can be a pollutant when seeking to disclaim coverage on the basis of the "absolute pollution exclusion" contained in general liability policies. However, they do not take such an expansive view of what constitutes a pollutant under a pollution liability policy.

Marisa Halm

Lawmakers Push for Reduced Use of Shackles on Juveniles

By Christian Nolan |

The vast majority of juveniles appearing in court in Connecticut are being forced to do so in shackles, whether it be handcuffs, leg irons or belly chains.

Newtown Families Ask Judge to Return Lawsuit Against Gun Manufacturer to State Court

By Jay Stapleton |

A legal battle is brewing over the venue for a lawsuit that was filed on behalf of nine children and adults who were killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting.

Chabad-Lubavitch Community Center

Panel Asks for Supreme Court Review of Synagogue's Lawsuit

By Jay Stapleton |

A historic district being sued by a Litchfield Jewish organization for rejecting plans for a synagogue and community center has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out the lawsuit.

Michael McCormack

Insurer's Replacement Obligations Aren't Black and White

By Michael McCormack |

The storms that have hit New England during the past few weeks serve as another reminder of the potential for property insurance claims arising from damage to homes and commercial business properties caused by weather-related events.

Michael P. Thompson

An Exhausting Question for Insurers

By Michael P. Thompson |

Excess insurance policies are typically written so that excess coverage is triggered only by "exhaustion" of specified underlying insurance. The questions of how and when an underlying policy is "exhausted," thereby triggering an excess carrier's duty to defend, are commonly litigated issues.

Rachel Snow Kindseth

Court Sides With Policyholders in Complex Case

By Rachel Snow Kindseth |

A 2014 New Jersey Appellate Court decision, addressing pro rata allocation obligations among the policyholder and multiple insurers, made at least three significant rulings favorable to policyholders.

Conn. Contractor Pleads Guilty to Sharing Jet Information With Iran

By Associated Press |

A former defense contractor accused of sending sensitive information about U.S. military jet programs to his native Iran in an effort to land a job there has pleaded guilty in federal court in Hartford.

REGEN O’MALLEY and STEVEN ZAKRZEWSKI

Getting Schooled by Sandy and Irene

By Regen O'Malley and Steven Zakrzewski |

It is a simple premise, but many insurance coverage disputes, perhaps even a majority of them, could be completely avoided if policyholders would take the time to read their insurance policies. With winter storms upon us, now might be a good time.

SANDRA L. SNADEN and MICHAEL F. LETTIERO

Recent Connecticut Supreme Court Decisions Impact Uninsured Motorist and Surety Laws

By Sandra L. Snaden and Michael F. Lettiero |

The Connecticut Supreme Court recently issued two important decisions affecting commonly litigated aspects of insurance coverage.

Insurance Coverage & Bad-Faith Litigation

Topics within the Insurance and Bad-Faith Litigation section include: insurers and policy holders learn lessons from major weather events, obligations in multiple insurer cases, ERISA liability, uninsured motorist policy limit claim, coverage after policy lapses, and how to find the right cyberrisk insurance.

JOSEPH BLYSKAL and GREIL ROBERTS

Limits on Duty to Defend Under Conn. Law

By Joseph J. Blyskal and Greil Roberts |

Assessing whether the duty to defend terminates on policy exhaustion can become a complex analysis when a claim involves multiple plaintiffs and exposure unquestionably exceeds the policy limits, yet the insured desires a continuing defense.

Thomas C. Blatchley

No Coverage for Period When Policy Has Lapsed

By Thomas C. Blatchley |

In a case of first impression, the Connecticut Appellate Court recently held that when an insurance policy has been canceled for premium nonpayment, and the insured seeks to reinstate that policy, the insurer may reinstate coverage effective only for future losses.